Too many Sandy victims are unaware of FEMA deadline

UPDATE:  The deadline to apply for FEMA grants and SBA loans has been extended to April 13, 2013.

The Transitional Sheltering Program has extended its checkout date  to                               April 14, 2013.

This morning I had the chance to talk with Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC’s popular public affairs program, The Brian Lehrer Show, (and some of his listeners who called in) about an important deadline looming for those eligible to apply for a FEMA grant or Small Business Administration loan for property damage caused by Storm Sandy.
(Listen to the WNYC segment here.)

If these applications are not submitted by Monday, January 28, people who are entitled to federal disaster relief funding to rebuild and repair their homes and recoup the value of the damages will not receive it.

A severely storm- damaged in home in Far Rockaway.

NYLAG has been successfully filing FEMA appeals for weeks now. But to appeal, you must have already applied – by the 28th. Many families are simply unaware of the fact that they may be eligible, or they have been confused by the complicated, jargon-heavy application process. Immigrant families in particular are not applying, despite the fact that many immigrant families are eligible for a FEMA grant.

NYLAG has created a flyer with details about the deadline, eligibility requirements and contact information to apply for FEMA grants or SBA loans. I hope you will join with me in these few remaining days by helping to spread the word. This deadline is a vital step in the long road to recovery.

Click here for more information and to view or print the FEMA/ SBA deadline flyer.

Blog Post by Yisroel Schulman
President & Attorney-in-Charge

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